Together in The Silence of The Night (Forever and Always Pt. 2)

Submitted for Contest #58 in response to: Write about a family who decides to camp out in the back yard during a power outage.... view prompt

Sep 11, 2020

Romance

I toss another small piece of popcorn in my mouth, smiling at my screen. My hair falls in my face and I push it back, scoffing at the message. I shake my head laughing, typing out a response.

Suddenly, I’m engulfed in darkness. I gasp lightly and walk over to my light switch, flipping it repeatedly. 

“Elaine?!”

“Right here, Sandy!”

“Ugh, the power went out. I’m going out to buy some flashlights, okay?”

“K, get some candles too.”

“Alright.” The door slams behind her. I frown. I hate it when the power gets out, it’s always so boring. Quite suddenly, I hear a ring of the doorbell. 

Is Sandy back already? I walk over to open the door. 

Standing there, grinning, is Jacob, holding a couple of plastic bags and blankets in his left arm.

Jacob? What are you doing here?”

“Well, you know, your parents are outta town, mine have a work trip, and I know you hate power outages, and-” 

“Oh, just come inside already.” I grab his empty hand and pull him in, slamming the door with my foot behind me. We hold hands until we’re outside in my backyard, where the stars are brightly shining. I don’t let go even as he puts the bags down. He clears his throat.

“I can’t spread out the blankets with only one hand Elly,” I blink.

“Hm? Oh,” I blush, dropping his hand. He smirks, spreading one of the blankets out on the grass. I plop down on it. Jacob sits beside me. He looks up at the sky and drops his hand on top of where mine is, resting on the blanket. I turn my hand and he holds it. I squeeze back. 

“What’s in the bags?”

“Oh, it’s just some s’mores stuff, if you have a fire, I thought it would be fun to make em, and then we could, like, stargaze a bit, and I’d just stay until you fell asleep or something like that, to make sure you aren’t bored in the power outage.” I smile.  “What?”

“You’re just...adorable…” I say,  not breaking the smile from my face. I let go of his hand and walk over to the bags, picking them up.

“Let’s go! I don’t have a fire, but we can do em over the stove, okay?”

“Alright,” he replies, getting up.  We walk over to the kitchen, and I turn on the stove. We get out the sticks, stuffing the marshmallows at the tips.

We hold them over the little fire for about 2 minutes each,. When all the marshmallows are toasted, we go back outside. We eat a bit of the marshmallow along with graham crackers and Hershey’s.

I lay down on the blanket, staring at the night sky. I hear Jacob lay down beside me. 

“It’s pretty, isn’t it?” I marvel, turning my head to look at Jacob. 

“Yeah…” he replies, not taking his eyes from the stars. “Hey, where’s Sandy?”

“Hm? Oh, she went to get candles and flashlights and-Hey, she’s been gone a while…” I sit up. Jacob does too, running a hand through his hair. I get up quickly, speed walking inside. Ring Ring Ring Ring. I run for my phone, pressing the answer button shakily. I didn’t even check for the caller. 

“Hello? Is this Elaine, Sandy’s sister?” a voice says.

“Um, yeah. Is everything alright?”

“Oh, everything’s fine sweetheart, your sister just got into a small car accident, we’ve got her getting checked out over here in the hospital, but overall she’s okay.” I take a shaky breath, my eyes brimming with tears.

“Which hospital?”

“Beaumont. Would you like me to send you the address dear?”

“Um, no thanks I got it. Thank you.”

“Mmhm, no problem.” The call is ended with a small click. I set my phone down.

“Elly? Is everything-” 

“No, everything is not okay. Sandy got into a car accident and…” The tears finally fall down my face. 

“Hey, hey! It’s okay!” he comes over to me, wrapping his arms around me in a hug. I hug him back, numbly thinking about the fact that this is sorta the first time he’s hugged me since we got ‘together’. 

“We gotta get to the hospital.” I sniff, pulling away from the hug. He nods.

His hand somehow finds mine and we walk to the car with them entwined. He grabs the key from beside the door, gently letting go of my hand and getting into the driver’s seat. I get into the front seat, leaning my head back as he drives. 

“Is it….bad?” he asks, breaking the silence and momentarily looking away from the road. His green eyes meet mine.

“The lady said she’s okay, but….”

“...But you’re worried she’s not?” I nod.

“It’s gonna be alright Elly, don’t be so nervous, if the lady said she’s fine, she’s probably fine,” Jacob says, putting his right hand on top of my left, the one that’s busy playing with my bracelet. I sigh. 

“We’re here.” he gives my hand a small squeeze before letting go and getting out of the car. I get out too, shivering in the cold. A familiar large jacket is draped across my shoulders in seconds. Despite the situation, I smile. I look into his bright green eyes, shining in the moonlight. He holds out his hand. I grab it, using my other hand to make sure the jacket doesn’t fall off. 

We stand in front of the front desk.

“Um, I’m here to see Sandy? She’s in the emergency room I’m pretty sure.”

“Okay. That’s right, just turn right in that hallway, okay?” I nod. Jacob and I walk through the hallway, and towards the door labeled Emergency Room- Minor Injury. I hold my breath as Jacob opens the door with his free hand and we walk inside. In there is Sandy, sitting on the bed looking anything but hurt. She just looks bored

“Sandy!” She turns around smiling. As she turns, I notice a small set of stitches above her left eye. Could be worse, I suppose.

“Elaine!” I let go of Jacob’s hand and run over to her, giving her a big hug. 

“Is this- Is this his jacket?” she whispers. I giggle.

Yeah, jealous?” I whisper back. She laughs as we break away from the hug. Jacob stands there sorta awkwardly to the side.

“If you’re so ‘okay’, why didn’t you call! Why did that lady?”

“Oh, ugh, they put me in directly for like an x-ray and everything, so I couldn’t really do anything till 5 minutes ago.”

“Well, what even happened!” I sit down beside her on the bed and pat the spot next to me, motioning for Jacob to come. He blinks, blushing slightly and coming over next to me. I let my hand quickly find his as Sandy starts explaining.

“Well, the whole town had a power outage, it was crazy, I couldn’t see a thing, and next thing I know, the air bag’s comin up in my face!” she says, throwing her hands up in the air. 

“But you’re okay?”

“I’m fine.” I elbow her. 

“You scared me!”

“Sorry!” she laughs. I get up, just realizing that I’m still holding Jacob’s hand. He gets up too.

“Ready to go?” I cock my head to the side at Sandy.

 She shakes her head. 

“ I’ve got a lot of paperwork to fill out. You two lovebirds can leave though. I’ll catch up” I roll my eyes, smiling as Jacob gives my hand a squeeze.

“Ready?” he asks. I nod, and we walk out, back to the car, back to stargazing, back to being together in the silence of the night...

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240 comments

Avery G.
01:24 Sep 16, 2020

Hey! Soooo...you have another account? I know you can't tell me who it is, but did you follow me?

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Amany Sayed
01:25 Sep 16, 2020

Dropped you comment with it!

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Avery G.
01:43 Sep 16, 2020

Thanks!

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03:54 Sep 16, 2020

Hi could you do the same for me too amany ? Pls.

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07:33 Sep 16, 2020

Sia, Is someone downvoting you too?

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08:08 Sep 16, 2020

Yes,.they took 200+ points. And I'm 6 places down on the learderboard. :(

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08:09 Sep 16, 2020

Yes, they took 200 + and 6 places down on the learderboard

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08:19 Sep 16, 2020

Someone is downvoting everyone's comments. It has taken 180+ of my points. I had 930 points and now they are just 750.

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00:29 Sep 16, 2020

This is AMAZING!!!

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Amany Sayed
00:30 Sep 16, 2020

Thank you so much! Welcome to Reedsy!

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00:30 Sep 16, 2020

😄😄😄 😉😉😉 hmmmmmm

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Amany Sayed
00:31 Sep 16, 2020

😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉😉

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00:32 Sep 16, 2020

Do ya know what I’m winking atttt?

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Amany Sayed
00:33 Sep 16, 2020

IIIIIIIIIIII hope so Password-Rainbow

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Skyler Grey
00:04 Sep 16, 2020

Amany... what happened?

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Amany Sayed
00:05 Sep 16, 2020

Don't worry! I'm not leaving Reedsy, I never will, I have this vision of like it being 2070 and me being a super old 100 year old and being like 'I've been here for over 30 years' but anyway I'm seeing if they'll stop guessing my age like this. I love how you and Aerin pounced two seconds after I did this so sweet and cute lol

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Skyler Grey
00:17 Sep 16, 2020

yesssssssssss But really we should start an uprising lol. Turn all the text things "unknown" and make the pfps a black screen.

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Amany Sayed
00:21 Sep 16, 2020

YAS IM IN FOR THAT

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Skyler Grey
00:26 Sep 16, 2020

its done. read my bio btw, i have an announcement.

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Hey Amany! New quiz! Random Quiz #1, enjoy! https://forms.gle/hVLDQvj5Ku2Dbdp99

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Amany Sayed
01:31 Sep 15, 2020

I can;t see other's responses once I took it :(

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Oof sorry!! I fixed it :D

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Lulu Lemon
04:55 Sep 14, 2020

Yay! I am glad you did a Part 2!! I loved this one as well as the first one. It was so cute! Awesome job.

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Amany Sayed
13:15 Sep 14, 2020

I'm glad YOU'RE glad I did a Part 2 ;) Thanks so much!

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Lulu Lemon
00:15 Sep 15, 2020

Of course!!

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17:01 Sep 16, 2020

Just scrolling by and I thought you were talking to yourself cause your profile pictures are so similar. Lol. Ok, got to get back to upvotinggg byeee!

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Amany Sayed
17:04 Sep 16, 2020

Lolll.

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17:49 Sep 16, 2020

Please look at this (: (It is not a quiz) https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ALEZy6wIlJ2qhfKP5ZP1tV1h0WSaOl5vc_FPvHY37Hw/

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Amany Sayed
17:56 Sep 16, 2020

👍🏻

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17:53 Sep 16, 2020

Gracias!!

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Avery G.
23:50 Sep 11, 2020

Wow, this was soo good! I loved it, Amany! I'm so happy you brought back them! Great job!

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Amany Sayed
16:19 Sep 12, 2020

Thank you!

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Avery G.
18:51 Sep 12, 2020

You're welcome!

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Amaya .
18:22 Sep 17, 2020

Amany! Hi! Love the new profile pic and emoji, btw. And love the third-person bio. Could you check out my new story?

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Amany Sayed
18:23 Sep 17, 2020

Thank you! I feel the emoji symbolizes, ya know, the sun always peekin through the hard times. It's also something I doodle a lot, so yeah. Of course!

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Amaya .
18:24 Sep 17, 2020

I love that symbolism, that's so adorable I love it. It's also so good for like these times (Covid, fires, etc.) I also love the ending of your bio. I can totally relate, I mean, it would be awesome to be British.

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Rhondalise Mitza
16:36 Sep 17, 2020

Amany! I love your new bio picture. :) I have a new story out and I love it but it needs some work so if you have time help me out with it? Thanks. :D

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Amany Sayed
16:45 Sep 17, 2020

Thank you :) Of course!

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Zilla Babbitt
13:28 Sep 17, 2020

You're bio's great! Cheers to you.

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Amany Sayed
13:36 Sep 17, 2020

Really? Thank you so much~ I was a little nervous trying something so new, but I'm happy with the way it turned out.

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04:56 Sep 17, 2020

Woah, cool bio!

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Amany Sayed
13:35 Sep 17, 2020

Thank you☺😊

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Amaya .
00:42 Sep 17, 2020

amany! im so sad that you have to switch accounts :( I really really love your stories, so how should I find your new account?

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Amany Sayed
00:48 Sep 17, 2020

I'll follow you hold on. Honestly, I don't really know if I'll go, it's a backup right now.

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Amaya .
00:49 Sep 17, 2020

just to make sure its you, does your new account have a bio?

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Amany Sayed
00:51 Sep 17, 2020

Nope!

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Amaya .
00:51 Sep 17, 2020

ok cool

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Amaya .
00:56 Sep 17, 2020

wait since we both lost some points recently...upvote for upvote spree? I can only upvote you either in a few hours or tomorrow, though.

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Amaya .
01:47 Sep 17, 2020

amany?

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22:33 Sep 16, 2020

Congrats on getting back to 4th place!! I'll try to upvote you some more..I think i've upvoted every comment you have on your page..but I'll keep lookingg!!

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Amany Sayed
23:06 Sep 16, 2020

Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much! You really don't have to. Eternally grateful <3 :) I'll return the favor when I can.

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00:33 Sep 17, 2020

You don't have tooo! But of course!!

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Tessa Takzikab
20:24 Sep 16, 2020

Love it! I had to go back and read part one, but it was totally worth it. I love how Elaine and Jacob started as friends before, but once Willow kind of shoved them together, they embraced it. Although Jacob probably would have come over either way, since they were besties first. I did notice one thing though. If the stove is electric, they can't use it while the power is off, and if it's gas, I think they have to light it themselves. Of course, you probably knew this already, especially since I can't imagine anyone roasting marshmallows...

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Amany Sayed
20:29 Sep 16, 2020

Thank you so much! Oh, oh my gosh, you're so right! Gah, how did I miss that before! Aw, thank you!

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Skyler Grey
15:30 Sep 16, 2020

Hey, hi, hello. It's definitely not as bad as you and Aerin, but I just lost 50 points overnight. Is this because of our "rebellion"?

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Amany Sayed
15:39 Sep 16, 2020

No clue :(

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Skyler Grey
15:49 Sep 16, 2020

by any means, this sucks

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Hriday Saboo
12:05 Sep 16, 2020

Fancied a new name huh 🤔!! It’s great

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08:14 Sep 16, 2020

Such a beautiful story! I loved how you changed the whole mood of the story suddenly from being romantic to panicky! One little error probably a typo: We hold them over the little fire for about 2 minutes each,. When all the marshmallows are toasted, we go back outside. You write a comma and full stop after 'each' Other than that, all fine! Oh and yes, btw aren't you Amany? Why did you change your name to unknown?

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Amany Sayed
12:30 Sep 16, 2020

Thank you so much! Oh, thanks for catching that. I am Amany~ No worries, read my bio!

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12:33 Sep 16, 2020

Wait so what exactly happens if your stories get approved? cause only a few of mine have. Sorry for bothering - I'm not that much used to reedsy yet.

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Amany Sayed
12:35 Sep 16, 2020

It gets put into the contest. Right now we don't have any chance of winning.

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12:36 Sep 16, 2020

Oh... Wait so what is the age restrictions? so how old must you be?

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Amany Sayed
12:37 Sep 16, 2020

you can find info in the FAQ. I never put my age, which makes it all the more ruder for them to simply guess.

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Amany what the penguin happened to your account?! Oh no...

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Amany Sayed
12:29 Sep 16, 2020

I love how many people are so scared XD Read my bio!

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Aaaaa I'm just glad you're safe Also I just noticed that you are supposed to be 18+ to be in Reedsy. And me, an intullectual- yup let's devote our heart and soul to this

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Bella Swan
00:33 Sep 16, 2020

amany. hello. i think you might know who i am. i made you and aerin characters in my book.

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Amany Sayed
00:34 Sep 16, 2020

I believe I do

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Bella Swan
00:49 Sep 16, 2020

good. also, do u know what aerin's pen name is and how to find the account?

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Amany Sayed
00:50 Sep 16, 2020

It's the one i thought it was

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Bella Swan
00:53 Sep 16, 2020

huh?

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Bella Swan
00:55 Sep 16, 2020

also, since this is suuuuper confusing, could u leave a comment on my main acc (s*****) with ur other acc? i wanna follow u

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Elizabeth Inkim
17:35 Sep 14, 2020

Hi Amany, I really like how the dialogue flowed in this story. I think you’d enjoy reading some my stories and I’d love to know what you think; open to feedback always. My latest is called “Enigmas of the Shadow Sea“.

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Amany Sayed
22:45 Sep 14, 2020

Thank you so much! I'll be sure to take a look when I'm free!

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Orenda .
16:00 Sep 18, 2020

OMGGGGG DID YE SEE THE NEW PROMPTS??? I'M SO EXCITED FOR THEMMMMMMMM, EXACTLY MY THINGGGGGGGG

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Amany Sayed
17:50 Sep 18, 2020

RIGHT? SO EXCITING!

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Orenda .
18:48 Sep 18, 2020

yeeee yesss

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